When Peugeot unveiled its facelifted 308 earlier this month, the French carmaker didn’t include the high performance GTI variant. However, it appears the 308 GTI is set to make its global debut soon, after an image of the model was published ahead of schedule on Peugeot Espana’s Twitter page, before subsequently taken down.

In terms of changes, the exterior of the new 308 GTI is largely similar to that of the non-GTI versions. As seen here, the front grille is more upright than on the previous car, while the lower apron features more prominent intakes. A new bonnet is also part of the update, mainly due to the new grille shape.

The two-tone paintjob makes a return here as well, and although we can’t get a good look at the hot hatch’s rear, expect subtle enhancements to the LED taillights and a reprofiled rear bumper.

With the standard 308 range receiving an updated engine range, the GTI version could likely see more power from its 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. Currently, the mill makes as much as 270 hp and 330 Nm, sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual and Torsen limited-slip differential.

There’s also the possibility Peugeot engineers may get a little crazy, and unleash a production version of the 308 R HYbrid. The concept, which appeared at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, had a total system output of 500 hp and 730 Nm, thanks to the synergy of a 1.6 litre THP mill and a pair of electric motors.

GALLERY: Peugeot 308 GTI (pre-facelift)